School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals
In the event that weather conditions necessitate delaying or closing schools, information will be announced by the local radio/TV stations, through our app and on the district website and social media. Families and staff are notified by the district through a phone call, email and text alert at 5:30 a.m. or as soon as possible. For how weather decisions are made, please read this overview and reference our Transportation Department Q&A.
Snow days will be made up according to the academic calendar.
Normal bus arrival times are pushed ahead by the respective delay.
1-hour delay schedule:
- Elementary begins at 9:10 a.m.
- Secondary begins at 9:40 a.m.
2-hour delay schedule:
- Elementary begins at 10:10 a.m.
- Secondary begins at 10:40 a.m.
3-hour delay schedule:
- Elementary begins at 11:10 a.m.
- Secondary begins at 11:40 a.m.
Cold Weather Guidelines
In the case of extreme cold, the district may consider a 1-hour delay, 2-hour delay, 3-hour delay or cancellation if the actual temperature dips below minus 5 degrees, and there is a windchill below minus 20 degrees. Any decision takes into account how long students are exposed to the cold and whether buses can operate properly. Sometimes it can be too cold for the amounts of fuel additive the district is allowed by state law to mix with school bus diesel fuel to prevent it from jelling.
For an additional way of finding out about weather-related announcements, download the free SCASD app available and on. Make sure you “allow notifications,” because that’s how weather alerts are communicated.
What are your procedures for early dismissals?
Sometimes, because of weather during the school day or impending conditions, the district must dismiss schools early in the interest of safety. In most cases, we will notify parents and guardians by noon through phone calls, emails and texts.